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A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe

A new line of punditry is bubbling up among the president’s followers online: It was a positive thing that the Russians hacked the 2016 election.
Source: Alex Brandon / AP

Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET

On Wednesday morning, in the midst of yet another contentious news cycle dominated by coverage of Russian election meddling, I tweeted a kind of thought experiment: “If Trump & co. just pivoted to ‘Aren’t you glad Russia helped us defeat Hillary Clinton?’ would there be any serious blowback from his base?”

The question was rhetorical. The answers that began trickling in were not.

“No,” Cassandra Fairbanks,(and a former employee). “I mean, I would be cool with it. Im already there. If russia was involved we should thank them.”

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